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A Power Strip or A Surge Protector?

It’s good to know the difference between a regular power strip and a surge protector. Power strips are really no different from a wall outlet. On the other hand, a surge protector is the superior version of the power strip. It can power multiple devices at once and shut off the power with the flick of a switch. If your wall outlets are exhibiting signs of power surges, you should learn more and invest in additional protection.

Power Strip Versus Surge Protector

Understanding the difference between a surge protector and a power strip is easy. You can usually spot the difference by the presence of a protection light that lets you know the surge protector is operational. If the light doesn’t turn on, then your devices are not guarded from surges. For some inexpensive electronics, it may be okay to just use a basic power strip. However, a surge protector should be used with high end devices like computers, televisions, and stereos – high end items that contain important information or perform important functions.

Surges of power are bound to happen from time to time. If they happen too frequently, it’s best to contact an electrician. Using a surge protector is an extra safety precaution you can use to prevent the power surges from causing fires, damages, and burns to your devices and property. When purchasing, make sure the packaging mentions “protection” or “suppression” so you know you are purchasing the correct thing. You must also consider what kind of devices will be plugged into your surge protector. Smaller devices will work well with anything above 2,000 joules of energy rating. Larger machines may need something with a high joule energy rating. Make sure it also has the number of ports you will need. Also, does it have a warranty in case of failure? Some strips also contain added features like automatic moisture shut off, ability to be wall mounted, or USB ports.

Contact Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling

Surge protection is crucial. Purchasing a surge protector strip doesn’t have to be the only precaution you take. These strips can wear down over time, so while it’s fine to use them, you really want to opt for “whole-home” surge protection if possible. Your chosen electrician can take a look in and around your home to determine what your needs are to keep things safe from surges. If you are in need of a local electrician in Taneytown, contact Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling Service to help you prevent further damages from occurring to your electrical system.

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